Japan Establishes First Blockchain Industry Organization, Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC)

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Japan’s first Blockchain industry organization has been established called the Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC).

The group consists of some three dozen Japanese companies interested in carrying out research and development and implementation of Blockchain technology in Japan. The group plans to raise awareness of Blockchain technology in Japan.

BCCC President Yoichiro Hirano OF Infoteria Co., Ltd. announced that it has established on April 25th at a press conference in Japan. 

Blockchain technology is not just at the heart of FinTech (Financial Technology) therefore gaining popularity, but it is about to contribute significantly to the evolution of information systems in just about every industry. Prior to the formation of this consortium, knowledge and achievements related to blockchain in Japan weren’t shared, so the scope of applications was limited. Therefore, we who believe in the future of blockchain technology, strive to help Japan stay competitive and contribute to the evolution of blockchain technology by sharing information, competing fairly, promoting blockchain, actively expanding the scope of blockchain applications, and supporting funding for blockchain research. We will coordinate with other blockchain organizations around the world. We will bring home what we learn from overseas, and as a leading country of blockchain technology, we will disseminate our expertise and experience globally.

Founding member companies(34 companies, in alphabetical order)

Arara inc
BASE, Inc.
BtcBox Co.,Ltd.
Bitbank, inc
Clover Lab.,inc.
Consensus Base LLC.
ConsenSys
CurrencyPort
Drecom Co., Ltd.
EMTG
E-Guardian Inc.
Fidel Technologies KK
FISCO Ltd.
HASH Consulting Corporation
HAW International
Hotto Link Inc.
GMO Internet, Inc.
iRidge, Inc.    IndieSquare Inc.
Infoteria Corporation
Japan Third Party Co.,Ltd.
Kataribe,Inc
LOCKON CO.,LTD.
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
MONEY PARTNERS SOLUTIONS Co.,LTD
Nayuta Co.,Ltd
OKWAVE
OPT Ventures,Inc
Plat’Home Co.,Ltd.
SAKURA internet inc.
SJI Inc.
Tech Bureau, Corp.
Unitedly
Uruma Law Offices Legal Professional Corporation
Founding member companies(34 companies, in alphabetical order)
Arara inc
BASE, Inc.
BtcBox Co.,Ltd.
Bitbank, inc
Clover Lab.,inc.
Consensus Base LLC.
ConsenSys
CurrencyPort
Drecom Co., Ltd.
EMTG
E-Guardian Inc.
Fidel Technologies KK
FISCO Ltd.
HASH Consulting Corporation
HAW International
Hotto Link Inc.
GMO Internet, Inc.
iRidge, Inc.    IndieSquare Inc.
Infoteria Corporation
Japan Third Party Co.,Ltd.
Kataribe,Inc
LOCKON CO.,LTD.
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
MONEY PARTNERS SOLUTIONS Co.,LTD
Nayuta Co.,Ltd
OKWAVE
OPT Ventures,Inc
Plat’Home Co.,Ltd.
SAKURA internet inc.
SJI Inc.
Tech Bureau, Corp.
Unitedly
Uruma Law Offices Legal Professional Corporation

  • Overview of Consortium

Name: Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC)
Chairman: Inforteria Corporation CEO Yoichiro Hirano 
Vice Chairman: CurrencyPort  CEO Yasunori Sugii
Tech Bureau, Corp. CEO: Takao Asayama
Bureau: FINO LAB, Tokyo Ginko Kyokai Building 14F, 1-3-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda ward Tokyo, Japan
Official Website: http://bccc.global/

  • Advisers

Name(affiliation)    
Masujima Masakazu(Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Attorney at Law)
Lon Wong(CEO, Dragonfly Fintech, Singapore)
Anis Uzzaman(CEO, Fenox VC, Silicon Valley)
Kazutaka Muraguchi(head of Nippon Technology Venture Partners)

  • Upcoming schedule

Date or period: Activity
mid May: First Board Meeting
late June: First General Meeting
By end of 2016: Establish as general incorporated association (voluntary organization as of now)

  • Scope of activity

Consortium member companies will belong to subcommittees below, and take part in activities to promote and enhance blockchain technology as they see fit.

  • Subcommittee Activity

Popularization subcommittee: Promote and educate about blockchain. Hold promotional activities such as events and seminars.
Practical Application subcommittee: Make advancements in applying blockchain to their systems and services, and publish the actual cases.
Technology subcommittee: Improve understanding of blockchain technology, and foster engineers who are at ease with blockchain.
Administration subcommittee: Administering the overall consortium and examining policies

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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